AMD Announces New AM4-based Chips

Team Red Takes Aim With New Ryzen/Vega APUs

AMD announced its first Ryzen-based desktop quad-core APUs with the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. Combining four “Zen” cores with their Radeon “Vega” GPU, these chips are aimed at give consumers console-class HD gaming performance on their desktop PC at a modest entry point.

“AMD Ryzen Desktop APUs are a perfect example of the innovation we bring to market for consumer and commercial PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. “Combining our high-performance CPU and GPU architectures, this new category of Ryzen desktop processors is designed to deliver a smooth overall computing experience, as well as the ability to enjoy true 1080p HD gaming, eSports or advanced display features through the visual fidelity of the built-in Radeon Vega graphics.”

Not to be outdone by the competition, AMD compares the Ryzen 5 2400G’s value and graphics performance to be similar to an Intel Core i5-8400 paired with NVIDIA’s GT 1030 GPU at a lower price point. When benchmarking, AMD compares the APUs themselves; the Ryzen 5 with RX Vega 11 versus the Core i5 with Intel’s UHD Graphics 630. These benchmarks claim up to 156% more graphics performance and 21% more system performance than the Intel Core i5-8400 with an extra 39% faster graphics when overclocked. Speaking of overclocking, these APUs are completely unlocked for CPU, DRAM, and GPU overclocking with AMD’s Ryzen Master overclocking utility.

So, what does all of this mean? Let’s look at the nuts and volts of these new APUs’ tech specs:

Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon RX Vega 8:
CPU Cores: 4
Thread: 8
Max Boost Clock: 3.7 GHz
Graphics Compute Units: 8
Max GPU Clock: 1100 MHz
L2/L3 Cache: 6 MB
TDP: 65W

Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega 11:
CPU Cores: 4
Thread: 8
Max Boost Clock: 3.9 GHz
Graphics Compute Units: 11
Max GPU Clock: 1250 MHz
L2/L3 Cache: 6 MB
TDP: 65W

At $99 and $169, respectively, the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G fit with a wide selection of 120+ AM4 motherboards already on the market and provide an entry point for new gaming PC builders. You can check out more on AMD’s community blog here.

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Born in the heyday of mullets and the El Camino to a tech-foward family, Damien (a.k.a. Dame, PastorDame) quickly embraced the reality that “normal” is just a setting on a dryer. Damien is a pastor by trade and loves talking with anyone who is interested about life, God, and video games (in no particular order) - so, much so, that he and fellow MMORPG/GameSpace writer Matt Keith (Nexfury) create a podcast dedicated to that conversation. At the end of the day, Damien is a guy who loves his wife, his Mini Schnoodle, and crafting gourmet bowls of Mac N’ Cheese.

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